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Mock CFB Playoff Committee Goes Through Process, Picks Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, USC For '08 Playoff

The College Football Playoff committee will meet for the first time this season at the end of the month. The committee's first rankings will come out Tuesday, Oct. 28 on a live broadcast on ESPN. 

This week, a group of about 20 college football writers met in Dallas, Texas to go through a mock College Football Playoff committee selection process. The writers were from a variety of outlets, including ESPN, SportsIllustratedSporting News, and CBS Sports, among others. 

The goal of the mock committee was simple: to teach the media the process the actual committee will go through when choosing four teams for the inaugural playoff this December. The committee used the 2008 season for the activity. They were given everything the actual committee will have access to: a list of the top 25 teams, a binder full of statistics and information, and hours of time to argue and debate. 

Here's how it went down: 

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So, according to the mock committee, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and USC would have made the playoff if there had been one in 2008. No. 1 Florida would have met No. 4 Southern Cal in the Sugar Bowl, while No. 2 Oklahoma would have squared off in a Red River Showdown version of the Rose Bowl against No. 3 Texas. 

That season, Florida went 12-1 in the regular season, defeating Alabama in the SEC Championship Game; Oklahoma went 12-1, winning the Big 12; Texas went 11-1; USC went 11-1. 

Among the notable teams that would have gotten left out, according to the mock committee: Alabama at 12-1, Utah at 12-0, Penn State at 11-1. 

Here's the mock committee, in all their glory: 

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— Matt Hayes (@Matt_HayesSN) October 9, 2014